The end of the world is nigh, folks, and no, not because of an impending World War III. Instead, “death planet” Nibiru and an unusual planetary alignment herald the end of days, according to doomsayers.
They are convinced the world will end on April 23. This is the umpteenth time Nibiru has been said to be about to cause Earth’s annihilation – but they aren’t letting that stop them.
“By early April of 2018, the disappearance of the Church (all true Christians worldwide also known as the Rapture) will occur,’” serial doomsday claimer David Meade wrote in an article earlier this year. “This will be followed quickly by the rise of the Antichrist, the appearance of Planet X and World War III.”
“Seven years of Tribulation will ensue. This is beyond any shadow of doubt,” he added.
Elusive Nibiru – what and where is it?
Nibiru, or Planet X, is an alleged planet on the edge of our solar system predicted to ‘appear’ in our skies on April 23. Nibiru is believed to have disrupted other planets’ orbits, due to its rogue status. It is feared Nibiru has the ability to cause mayhem again, at any time. Nibiru’s supposed powers could really mess with Earth’s solar system, sparking catastrophic changes to the climate. Planet X is thought to be behind some of the strange weather changes experienced over the last two decades or so, rather than climate change.
So what is ‘The Rapture’?
According to the latest claim, on April 23, the sun, moon and Jupiter will align in the constellation Virgo. This will spark the beginning of the Rapture, an event not mentioned in the Bible but which some some fundamentalist evangelical Christians believe refers to the two stages of the second coming of Jesus. The first stage involves the sudden ‘Rapture’, where saved believers will disappear from Earth and be brought to heaven. This will apparently then spark a seven-year period of tribulation and the appearance of the Antichrist, before the second phase, which is when Jesus returns to Earth.
Even though the Virgo alignment happens every 12 years, it hasn’t brought an end to our species just yet.
Maybe don’t cancel your plans...
Nibiru has a bit of a reputation when it comes to no-shows and has previously failed to appear as predicted. It was heralded to arrive in both 2003 and in 2012, but – spoiler – never did.
NASA has said time and time again that Nibiru doesn't even exist. “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an internet hoax,” the space agency said. “Obviously, it does not exist.”
“There is no such planet, there never has been, and presumably there never will be — but it keeps popping up over and over,” NASA space scientist David Morrison insisted in November. “You’re asking me for a logical explanation of a totally illogical idea.”
Meanwhile, Meade’s track record on predictions doesn’t exactly instill confidence. He was reported to have warned the world was ending on September 23, 2017, and shared a video claiming the same on his website. The theory behind his claims are detailed in his book, Planet X – the 2017 arrival.
He later clarified his claim, telling the Washington Post, “The world is not ending, but the world as we know it is ending. A major part of the world will not be the same the beginning of October.”
October came and went without an apocalypse. Meade then said it would take place in November – which also came and went without an apocalypse.
The sheer number of previously promised ‘end-of-the-world’ claims which never transpired suggest there’s no need to take to the underground bunker just yet. However, should you be considering that option and have quite a chunk of cash to spare, Lithuania is poised to sell an old Nazi bunker in Neringa.
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